LAKELAND, Fla. - Florida Southern College will welcome a new member of its Athletic Communications staff this fall as Chris Gonzales will join the Moccasins as an Assistant Director of Athletic Communications. The announcement was made on Wednesday by Ryan Bower, Director of Athletic Communications, and Gonzales is slated to begin his role on Sept. 3. He will work with Florida Southern's men's and women's swimming, men's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, and men's soccer programs as the primary media contact.
"I am thrilled to have Chris joining our staff," Bower said. "He brings a wealth of experience to the department and is a fantastic fit for the championship culture that has been built here at Florida Southern. I look forward to working alongside Chris as we continue to find creative ways to tell the stories of our student-athletes."
No stranger to college athletics, Gonzales brings a wealth of experience to Lakeland. He has worked at the NCAA Division I, II, and III levels, as well as in private business.
"I'm looking forward to working with such a strong crop of coaches, staff, and student-athletes," Gonzales added. "I am thankful to Ryan and [Director of Athletics] Drew Howard for this opportunity."
No stranger to the Sunshine State Conference, Gonzales interned at the University of Tampa and has served as a gameday worker at Rollins, Embry-Riddle, and Florida Southern.
A native of Yonkers, N.Y., Gonzales has spent years working both collegiate and professional sports events. He has worked NCAA Championships in many sports, including men's and women's basketball, men's ice hockey, gymnastics, men's and women's lacrosse, women's rowing, as well as several college football bowl games.
A former Division III student-athlete at Hobart College in Geneva., N.Y., he graduated in 1993 with a B.A. in Classics. He currently resides in Lakeland, with his black lab Gibbs.